[ teks-tahyl, -til ]
/ ˈtɛks taɪl, -tɪl /
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any cloth or goods produced by weaving, knitting, or felting.
a material, as a fiber or yarn, used in or suitable for weaving: Glass can be used as a textile.


woven or capable of being woven: textile fabrics.
of or relating to weaving.
of or relating to textiles or the production of textiles: the textile industry.



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Origin of textile

1520–30; <Latin textilis woven, textile (noun use of neuter) woven fabric, equivalent to text(us), past participle of texere to weave + -ilis, -ile-ile
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British Dictionary definitions for textile

/ (ˈtɛkstaɪl) /


any fabric or cloth, esp woven
raw material suitable to be made into cloth; fibre or yarn
a non-nudist, as described by nudists; one who wears clothes


of or relating to fabrics or the making of fabrics

Word Origin for textile

C17: from Latin textilis woven, from texere to weave
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